Earth & Environment

The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.

Policy and governance: innovating for clean water results

This video is part of "Changes and Choices in the Yahara," a mini-documentary series showcasing the major research implications from the UW-Madison Water Sustainability and Climate project, a five-year research endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation.

Computing for sustainability

Electrical and computer engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Diana Marculescu, talks about computing for sustainability

What is the Water Sustainability and Climate Project?

In this video, the research team explains the Water Sustainability and Climate Project, which was focused on how to achieve water sustainability for current and future generations, given ongoing changes in climate, land use, and human demands.

Saving Atlantis: Global Coral Microbiome Project, Mo’orea

As part of a feature film project Saving Atlantis, researchers at Oregon State University journeyed to Mo'orea, French Polynesia with scientists from the Global Coral Microbiome Project. This segment explains the interaction between coral reefs and humans.

Carbon flux explorers

Jim Bishop, senior scientist at Berkeley Lab and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is leading a project to deploy robotic floats that provide data on how microorganisms sequester carbon in the ocean.

Big ideas for future NSF investments

Six research "big ideas" that will drive important aspects of the National Science Foundation's long-term research agenda, push forward the frontiers of US science and engineering research, and lead to new discoveries and innovations.

Turn your eyes to the skies for the latest explorers

In episode 68, Charlie and Jordan head outdoors to show how National Science Foundation-supported researchers are finding new ways to use small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)--also known as drones--to gather data, improve communication and explore environments where humans and larger aircraft dare not go.

What's under Mount Hood?

A study of Mount Hood, Oregon, shows that the volcano's magma reservoir is in an eruptible state as little as 1 percent of the time.

Gulfstream V helps hurricane forecasting

The NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V, high-altitude science research aircraft returns from being on loan to NOAA this hurricane season ensuring continuous observations of dangerous hurricanes.

Breaking summer records

In episode 60, Charlie and Jordan return from summer break to investigate the future of summers. According to NSF-funded research at NCAR, in 50 years, summers across most of the globe could be hotter than any other experienced by people, ever.

Research at the ends of the Earth

Over the last year, Rhian Waller, associate professor of marine science at the University of Maine, has been to the ends of the Earth to study how changing oceans are affecting cold-water corals and what those changes may eventually mean in places like the Gulf of Main

Citizen science research, improving student motivation

In partnership with Bowling Green State University, Perkins Local Schools and Sandusky City Schools, the iEvolve with STEM project seeks to increase student motivation and engagement through the integration of Citizen Science Research into classroom instruction across the curriculum.